US president Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a three-hour series of meetings in Geneva.
The summit is the first face-to-face historic meeting between the two leaders after months of diplomatic wrangling.
During a joint press conference, Biden described the summit as “positive.”
“The tone of the entire meeting was good, positive,” Biden said, adding: “The bottom line is, I told President Putin that we need to have some basic rules of the road that we can all abide by.”
For his part, Russia’s Putin gave a similar description to the meeting.
“He’s a balanced and professional man, and it’s clear that he’s very experienced,” Putin said during the concluding news conference.
“It seems to me that we did speak the same language,” he added.
The two leaders stressed the need to work together to strengthen mutual interests in Iran and Syria.
Both Russia and the United States seek that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons.
They also shed light on the importance of reopening humanitarian corridors in war-torn Syria.
Earlier this month, the US declared more than $239 million in additional humanitarian funding to respond to the Syria crisis.